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Drug Information

Lindane lotion is used topically to treat scabies;lindane shampoo is used to treat head and pubic lice. They are used in situations where treatment with other drugs has failed or cannot be tolerated by the individual.

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Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • Vitamin E

    Test tube studies reveal that vitamin E protects white blood cells from damage caused by lindane.1 Lindane is known to promote the formation of tumors,2 and more research is needed to determine whether vitamin E, when applied at the same time as lindane, can prevent this adverse effect.

    The interaction is supported by preliminary, weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.

Support Medicine

  • none

Reduces Effectiveness

  • none

Potential Negative Interaction

  • Topical Herbal Remedies

    Applying oils, creams, and ointments at the same time as lindane may enhance the absorption of the drug through the skin.3 Therefore, to avoid side effects, other drugs and herbal formulas in cream or ointment form should be applied at other times during the day.

    The interaction is supported by preliminary, weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.

Explanation Required 

  • none

The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.


1. Podstawka U, Grabarczyk M, Kopec-Szlezak J. Vitamin E protects human leucocytes against toxic effects of lindane in vitro. Mater Med Pol 1991;23:285-9.

2. Dich J, Zahn SH, Hanberg A, Adami HO. Pesticides and cancer. Cancer Causes Control 1997;8:420-43.

3. Sifton DW, ed. Physicians Desk Reference. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc.,2000, 504-5.

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